First Animation

After going through a bunch of tutorials for the various Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, I have made my first animation.

  • I drew the clock in Illustrator (which I’ve known for many years, at least 30), with each hand on a separate layer. This took about 20 minutes.
  • Then, I animated the hands using After Effects. This took maybe another 20 minutes.
  • Then, I brought that animation into Premiere Pro and made a sequence that repeated for 2 minutes.
  • Lastly, I uploaded it to Youtube from within Premiere Pro.

For reference, this is the same clock animated with Adobe Animate:

(I haven’t yet gotten embedding working on this, so you can view it here.)

I’m not particularly happy with Animate, neither with the resulting output, nor the usability of the program itself. Some probably has to do with me not using it regularly, but listening to some of the people making tutorials, it is just quirky.

About David Brown
Software engineer and Jazz musician, currently living in the Denver, CO area.
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